Naked Lunch

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Grove Press, Oct 10, 2009 - Fiction - 299 pages
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Fifty years ago, Olympia Press in Paris issued a book that redefined not just American literature, but American culture. Naked Lunch, the U.S. edition of which soon followed from Grove Press, is one of the most important and influential novels of the twentieth century. An unnerving tale of an addict unmoored in New York, Tangier, and ultimately a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone, Naked Lunch's formal innovation, formerly taboo subject matter, and tour de force execution has exerted its influence on the works of authors like Thomas Pynchon, J. G. Ballard, and William Gibson; on the relationship of art and obscenity; and on the shape of music, film, and media in general. On the fiftieth anniversary of its first publication, Grove Press is proud to issue a special hardcover edition featuring the restored text that is faithful to Burroughs's original composition, an introduction from David Ulin, book editor of the Los Angeles Times, as well as reproductions of original manuscript pages and drawings.

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Very hard to read, but definitely worth it. - Goodreads
Interesting use of prose. - Goodreads
Can't stand stream of consciousness writing. - Goodreads
Interesting read if you manage to digest the imagery... - Goodreads
it's a long never-ending profane poem. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Joseph Jammal - Goodreads

There is a lot to take in with Naked Lunch, there is hardly a plot, but nevertheless the prose is as gorgeous as it is grotesque, the themes are very worth taking the time to think about, and I can ... Read full review

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User Review  - Corey Pool - Goodreads

Not recommended for the short-sighted, shallow minded reader. I've been reading "fun" and "easy to read" books, and took Naked Lunch as a challenge. It certainly was exactly that, a challenge. Books ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

William S. Burroughs was born in St. Louis in 1914. He is best-known work is 1959's "Naked Lunch"--which became the focus of a landmark 1962 Supreme Court decision that helped eliminate literary censorship in the United States. Described by Norman Mailer as one of America's few writers genuinely "possessed by genius," he died in 1997. His many other works include "Junky" and "The Place of Dead Roads" (Picador).

JAMES GRAUERHOLZ was William Burroughs's longtime manager and editor.

Barry Miles is the critically acclaimed author of biographies of Bukowski, Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs and of "The Beat Hotel," He also wrote "Hippie" and the authorised biography of Paul McCartney, "Many Years From Now," He lives in London, UK and France.

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